Newark High School, Ohio
About the School
1,482 students, 50.8% economically disadvantaged
Newark High School is located in the city of Newark, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Columbus. The school community serves over 6,000 students. An estimated 16 percent of families in Newark live below the poverty line, while about 30 percent of children under the age of 18 are estimated to be living in poverty.
"Many of our students would not be able to graduate on time without [Edmentum]."
As with many other schools serving at-risk populations, Newark High School seeks to give its students a head start in the world by making the dream of graduating a reality. The school aims to improve a sagging graduation rate through effective opportunities for credit recovery.
To achieve this goal in the past, Newark High School had established an alternative learning academy that served struggling students. When budget cuts forced the academy to close, the high school chose Courseware as a way to continue serving its at-risk student population in the building.
"The graduation rate at Newark High School has hovered between 70 percent and 75 percent for several years prior to implementing [Courseware] as a credit recovery option," said Mike McNicol, a teacher at Newark High School who assists students with Courseware. "This was seen as a way to serve students who may be failing classes and not having much academic success."
At the end of the semester, a guidance counselor identifies students who are failing one or more classes in the core areas of math, English, science, and social studies. These students are typically placed in a Courseware class in lieu of study hall. The class takes place in a computer lab that is dedicated to Courseware and is run by two classroom teachers. The teachers help to ensure that students can recover the credits necessary to stay on track and, ultimately, graduate. The Courseware computer lab also serves most of the Newark City School District fifth-year students, along with students who enroll in Newark High School mid-year and need help catching up.
Courseware has allowed some of Newark High School's most at-risk students to thrive. "Our [Courseware] program gives many students hope of graduation," said Marc Montella, the other [Courseware] classroom teacher at Newark High School. In 2012–13, for example, students at Newark High School used Courseware to earn 250 half credits.
McNicol pointed to one student in particular who earned 11 credits during one school year in order to graduate on time. "Some of his credits were earned in the regular classroom environment and through work-study, but if an online option would not have existed, he would never have graduated," said McNicol. Montella agreed, "Many of our students would not be able to graduate on time without [Courseware]."
Programs that Drive Success
Learn more about the program used by this school community to achieve results.
Digital curricula for grade 6 through adult learners help students reach graduation goals and beyond through flexible, personalized first-time credit, credit recovery, and expanded course access.
Courses & Curriculum